Daniel Rotszstain wrote recently about the way several non-profit agencies have arranged themselves in what was once a manufacturing area in Toronto. They can’t afford the central city and there’s needs in the older suburbs.
Urban planners: please pay attention to this.
Two comic efforts at understanding North American economic reality brought some laffs to the suburban-poverty.com bunker complex this week. Unintentionally hilarious, but no less instructive for that, is a hot new self help book from KISS front man Gene Simmons. The second, a sharp strike from Rick Mercer.
To understand Gene’s book, picture an elevator shaft as black as On Power’s faux leather cover at the bottom. Ayn Rand chugs a mickey of rye whiskey on an empty stomache, takes two or three hits off a crack pipe and tosses herself down the elevator shaft.
Mercer’s rant about Ontario’s coming move to a higher minimum wage is a little more to our liking. Together, the two efforts tackle powerful myths about life here.
editor’s note: let’s give Gene props for urging us to read books and self educate. He’s right, there are no excuses when all the knowledge of the world is available to us on the screens in our hands.
For low income neighbourhoods to increase from 9% of a place to 51% of a place is a pretty crap reality. Welcome to Brampton and Mississauga, once showpieces of growth and consumer choice. Really, if you know anything about social conditions here the update to a 2015 United Way report will not surprise you.
And oh boy, the reports are never in short supply for long. From late September: word about older citizens and others in food difficulty.
Who’s Hungry in Our City? 2017
North York Harvest & Daily Bread Food Bank
Not working isn’t the cause of all this. In case you were wondering about 60% of those in poverty in Canada are in work.
A draft policy document has been released by the City of Mississauga regarding housing affordability. Basically, the middle class can’t handle it here any more, at least not via wages alone.
Not expecting this to become a big spend ticket soon and even a reasonably well off municipality cannot go it alone on the affordable housing file. Thing is, those middle class workers presumably still have some role to play in the economy. If they aren’t going to be hard pressed, stressed out and even driven off by the cost of housing then something will have to be done.
Meet four Lindsay residents hoping to benefit from Ontario’s basic income experiment. The province will soon send out applications to participate in the project. We spoke to a few Lindsayites who are eager to take part
tvo.org (video 9:12)
image: Basic Income Images
Toronto’s Edwardian past is still here in much of the street grid and through older built structures. Unfortunately, you could say the way many a Torontonian lives right now is Edwardian.
Minimum-wage earners in Toronto do not make enough money to thrive. Report finds that residents need more than double what they earn on minimum wage, and that social policies need to be adjusted to meet the needs to present-day society
image: Daniel Varas via Flickr/CC